Cast aluminum cookware is versatile, durable yet lightweight, and easy to use. With its heavy-gauge cast aluminum construction and nonstick coating, American Kitchen Cookware can become the new staple in your kitchen, whether in the oven or on the stove top. Keep these pots and pans at their peak performance with proper maintenance and use, and you’ll be able to enjoy the Cast Aluminum Difference for years to come.
Prior to the first use of your new cast aluminum cookware, wash it in warm, soapy water with ¼ cup of vinegar. Any remaining traces of manufacturing oils will be removed in this process. Then, rinse fully and towel dry.
Condition your cast aluminum cookware before your first use with 1 tsp (5 ml) of vegetable oil. Using a soft cloth, wipe the oil gently around the interior. Be sure to repeat this conditioning step every couple of months, or if food begins to stick to the surface when cooking.
Pro tip: Invisible buildup can occur when nonstick sprays are used on nonstick surfaces. These sprays can impair the nonstick release system, causing food to adhere to the surface. Avoid using nonstick sprays if possible.
Our thick cast aluminum construction retains heat evenly, providing an environment for even cooking at all heat settings, and transfers easily between the oven and stove top giving you extra versatility with one pan. Even sticky foods will lose their grip on our PFOA-free Eterna nonstick coating, which means you can use less oil when cooking.
• Always allow pans to cool to room temperature before cleaning. Sudden changes in temperature may cause the metal to warp.
• Soak cookware in warm, soapy water and use a plastic scrubbing pad to gently remove stuck-on food.
• Avoid the use of scouring pads and abrasive cleaners as they will scratch any nonstick coating.
• To remove water spots or minor stains, wipe with vinegar or lemon juice, then rinse thoroughly with water, and dry with a soft cloth.
Pro tip: Dishwasher use will diminish the release properties of nonstick coating over time. So if you want to make that favorite pan last, hand wash your nonstick cast aluminum cookware to maximize longevity.
The Eterna non-stick coating on our cast aluminum cookware is exceptionally durable, and metal utensils shouldn’t affect these items. However, it is always best practice to use wood, plastic or silicone utensils on nonstick surfaces whenever possible.
Yes! Cast aluminum handles and knobs are designed to stay cool under most stovetop cooking conditions. However, extended stovetop or oven use may cause the handles to get hot. Be sure to use pot handles or holders when working with hot pans or covers.
Helpful Tips for Maintaining Glass Covers:
• Do not place glass covers on a burner, in a toaster oven, under a broiler, or in the microwave oven. The heat will weaken the cover.
• Be careful not to strike the glass cover when cooking, storing, cleaning or serving.
• Do not use covers that are chipped, cracked, or severely scratched. Immediately replace damaged lids.
• Do not attempt to repair covers that are chipped or broken, and never reverse the glass covers when storing as the knobs may damage the nonstick interior.